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Apple iPod Nano Review (2010)  Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Flacy   
Thursday, 09 September 2010
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Apple iPod Nano Review (2010) 
Performance and Conclusion

Performance:

I took the Nano out on a couple 5 mile runs this week and I’m pretty impressed how I forgot that player was even clipped to my clothing.  I also loved the ability to rotate the screen to a position that was the right side up, regardless of where the player was clipped to my shirt.  The pedometer also came in handy, but I really do prefer the Nike / iPod Sport functionality.  You can also sync the pedometer results to your Nike+ account via iTunes to track the amount of steps you’ve taken during the day.  Shuffling your music by shaking the Nano is also a feature that came in handy while on a run.

I paired with up with a variety of earbuds that we have been testing out recently.  While nearly all the headphones eliminated background hiss, my favorite paired with the Nano were the Ultimate Ears 700 earbuds with the foam expanding, noise reducing covers.  Everything from Louis Armstrong to Weezer came in crystal clear and was extremely well defined.  Pairing the Nano with a different set of headphones / earbuds rather than the included white earbuds really speaks to the poor quality of Apple’s headphones.  Frankly, I’m amazed that those earbuds continue to be packaged with new players, even the higher end players like the iPod Touch and iPhone.  It’s the equivalent of purchasing a HDTV and smearing grease all over the screen before watching a movie.

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I vastly prefer the menu interface over the previous Nano, likely because I’ve become so used to the touchscreen interface already on my iPhone.  It also feels like I can get to my music faster than the old Nano.  I also love the customization options on the screen.  I‘ve replaced a home screen icons with my favorite podcast.  It’s nice to have something useful on the screen rather than something I rarely use, like the genius feature.  Altering their position is identical to the other iOS devices, simply hold your finger down on the icon and it will start to wiggle.  Once in “Wiggle mode”, you can slide the icons to different screens on the Nano.

Conclusion:

The new iPod Nano is a solid choice for anyone that’s looking for a step up from the Shuffle, but not quite to the feature heavy, more expensive iPod Touch.  The menu interface is more streamlined than the previous model and it’s definitely a better player for music on the go as well as during exercising.  Some previous Nano lovers may bemoan the lack of video or gaming functionality, but will be delighted with the smaller size and quick touchscreen interface.  I recommend pairing the new Nano with a much higher quality pair of earbuds to get the best quality of sound out of the player.  The iPod Nano comes in 7 different colors (red, silver, blue, green, pink, gray and yellow) and is priced at $149.99 for the 8GB and $179.99 for the 16GB.





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